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3:00 eastern, i am monica cabrera in new york. we are hearing the air basis opened again and syrian war planes are taking off from there again. american tomahawk missiles blew up, ammunition at that base on friday. pentagon officials say the strikes were meant to deliver a message to the syrian government after a chemical weapon attack killed 89 people including 33 children earlier in the week. russia response promising more
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help and removing the naval ship into the water on the coast. >> president trump tweeted this morning, "congratulations to our men and women for representing the united states in the world so well in the syria attack." >> something else in syria today, the town, that was hit by the deadly chemical attack on tuesday. it was bombed again today. nobody knows who was behind the air strikes or anybody was hurt or killed. >> cnn phil black is in moscow and jeremy. back to the growing tragedy on the ground in syria, 89 people have died, hundreds of people are baddeley hurt after this week's deadly attack. so many victims are children. we are hearing that town is being targeted yet again.
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nick, what do you know of today's air strikes and who's behind it and what damage have been done? >> four dead and including four women. the site of those chemical weapons attack spurred the trump administration into action. we don't know who's behind this. it can be careful and preassumption that it was syrian regime. what happens in the last 24 hours is just daily business in this brutal civil war. >> the last four years and of a small number and often strikes have happened and more crew forms used of battle bombs.
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sometimes even followed up another barrel bomb immediately just to kill the first responders arrived at the scene. it is warm that some say bomber and trump administration trying to ignore to some degree and found itself -- >> how effective was the message that was sent by the u.s. to the syrian government and what has been the syrian government's response to those strikes? >> obviously, declared of violation of international law and sovereignty. the effectiveness and you can say it on two levels. the first one, it is a simple signal. >> that's not the case throughout the obama year and despite the crossing of barack obama's red line.
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august 2013 near damascus also to hit a rebel control area. that's now gone. the administration makes it clear that we'll strike the military force how pofl that message maybe. you cannot possibly over estimate the level of damage done to this airfield, not far away from home where these air strikes with r launched and we don't know the full picture and the amateur videos showed. it does not provide evidence that the round way is able to launch strikes. we'll act gloelly. you cannot do this and expect no consequences. yes, was the damage severe.
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>> one other question for you, nick. why would assad use chemical weapons, period? >> he's delivering several blows to his people without the use of chemical weapons. >> lets break it down three way. it is terrifying. he's focusing on his guns on where the strike happens. it is the last big rebel stronghold and i am sure the strategy is to terrify as many people as possible. nothing more terrifying that you cannot see until your children are lying paralyzed. that was clearly delivered. he may also trying to test the trump administration and thinking well, i goat away of this with barack obama, what is donald trump is going to do perhaps he's confused of healthcare issues. lets put him to the test. and you may say he miscalculated this and donald trump did change
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this on the backfield, does that have a negative consequence of bashar al-assad president? possibly not. >> we look at the consequences and russia of how much support they offered him, they're talking against america and sounding very much alongside bashar al-assad and pretty much and certainly in the future of a strong ally for damascus. that's certainly going to be working in his favor. >> all right, lets have more of what russia is doing taking steps of its own in the after math of the strike. and sending a warship to the area where u.s. destroyers launched those missiles again. >> phil black is joining us from moscow. russian warship is on the move towards the region, why is that? >> this is a direct reaction to
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the u.s. strike. it is advance and it is crew missiles and capable. they're not saying this is a direct response to the u.s. strike. they are telegraphing its movement and telegraphing its ability and they don't do that. it is a further statement of intent by russia and continues to back the syrian regime militarily. it cons to do that while the r syrian regime is going back to measure. >> what's the line of communication that's suspended by the pentagon? >> it is significant because this is the line of operation while they are operating a close proximity. it means that they can keep
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spoblt separation and accidents could not happen and it can escalate in this sort of conflicts that need aside. russia is so angry with the united states' strikes that it is suspended that operation. it seems like in a logical move, russia such as the outrage even that it believes of a greater chance of conflict is greater than these two forces. this is move that it is taken effective as today. these sources will no longer be communicating with one another. >> russia is making these moves days before tillerson is going for meeting. we understand there was communication between the u.s. and russia today, what can you tell us? >> we received a statement from the russian foreign ministry of
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a phone conversation that's taken place. the statement says that tillerson called, i will read some of it to you on a government who he is government is fighting terrorism only in the place of the hands of extremism. it goes onto say that he stressed in the conversation that the allegation of the use of chemical weapons do not corresponds to reality. russia is sticking to its own narrative and its version on what's happening. >> the syrians government did not use chemical weapons. it was a rebel chemical weapon that was struck by -- that's how we saw the horrific scene in the week. >> the russian views strongly since the strike by the u.s. has been -- there is no evidence to
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in criminate syria in a way that america is suggesting and that is the tone of the conversation as we move into this meeting, i think you touched oen there between rex tillerson and russian officials here this week. >> all right, phil black, is reporting tonight. video of him playing over the ridge there and the video he's wearing the white shirt and red hat. cnn jeremy diamond is near by in palm beach. the president tweeted of the missile strike in syria, what is he saying? >> the president tweeted moments ago, the reason you adopt hit runways because it is easy. that's the president's reaction it seems to all of this talk as the syrians have resumed flights at that air base that the u.s. struck less than 48 hours ago.
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the president seems to be defending of the target that was struck and the reason why they did not streak the runway where plains a planes are taken off again today. u.s. military hit a taxi fuel depot but did not hit the actual runway there. the president seems to be explaining that. what we are hearing from white house that the president has sent a notification to the speaker of the house to explain and notify congress of the strike and explain legal rational behind why he felt he was able to act alone without the approval of congress. let me read you a portion of ta letter. the united states will take additional action as necessary and appropriate to further its important national security,
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national interest. there you have the president laying the same rational days ago explaining this is in the national security interest. rex tillerson also explaining that the united states could not allow syria's use of chemical weapons which is a violation of the international treaties. the u.s. could not allow that use of chemical weapons to go unchallenged. all of that as a continuing debate in washington surrounding the president's authority to conduct strikes without notifying congress. i am sure we'll hear a lot on that in the coming days. >> jeremy, is there any signs that congress could return early from their break and actually talk about what the next move militarily could be in syria? >> well, we have not seen those signs yet. what we do know is president trump and his administration had been insistent that this strike
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was meant to send a message and response in a specific chemical weapon attack. they do not see as larger shift in their policy in the country. the dynamics are shifting on the ground there. the president is saying they do not plan on taking further action against syria unless there is some kind of retaliation. we'll have to see and monitor the movement based on syrian reactions. >> still ahead, president trump making this decisive move in syria in response to the horrific chemical attacks. what is next for the u.s. when it relates to syria and what does it mean for secretary tillerson upcoming trip to moscow and unintended consequences, could terror group benefits from the strike. more on how this is played right into isis' hand. >> later -- >> we have been asking for
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protection and consequences for more than six years. today for the first time it happened. >> that man survived the chemical attack in his homeland in 2013. now, he's pleading with president trump to take additional action in syria. you will hear much more from him coming up, you are live in the "cnn newsroom." can we push the offer online? brian, i just had a quick question. brian? brian... legacy technology can handcuff any company. but "yes" is here. you're saying the new app will go live monday?! yeah. with help from hpe, we can finally work the way we want to. with the right mix of hybrid it, everything computes. if you have moderate to severe ulcerative colitis or crohn's, and your symptoms have left you with the same view, it may be time for a different perspective.
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after launching a strike in syria and wrapping up a meeting with china's president, the president is heading for a round of golf there. >> you see him there. lets flash back to 2013 of his predecessor, mr. trump tweeted this at the time. president obama is not busy talking to congress about syria. he's playing golf.
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go figure. >> deoug, i want to talk with you, should the president be golfing today. >> i was occasionally critical of barack obama playing golf. lets get the hypocrite cal orioh this. i think it is fine. any kind of criticisms is going to come with donald trump anyway. it is not a big deal anyway. it is smart to not do it every week and not at a trump club. >> that was a nice moment of humanity that you shared with us. anything to read into the president playing golf today, is there a problem with that. it is something that president obama did as well. >> well, donald trump plays golf
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objectively than president obama and at the course of $3 million according to political a week and going to mar-a-lago. so my taxpayers going to donald trump so he can play golf? no, i am not happy. she's tweeti he's tweeting, while playing golf about the military. it seems like no strategy and planning and it happenstance and i adopt know where we are going with the future. i don't know how you can help with the syrian people or help himself of what he did the last few days. >> that's the angelina jollargef what's next for syria launching those tomahawks. >> there is still an ongoing situation there, sara, president trump send set a letter to cong defending that strike.
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why did he need to send that and what does it signal of what could happen next? >> he faced criticisms from members of both parties that potentially there was no t a sound legal basis for the strike. it is becoming a consensus of the hour. this one off use of force was authorized. he should go to congress and ask for an authorization of military force. it is crucial that president trump articulate a vision for the u.s. and syria. all we know of the administration posture is that trump is not interested in regime change. that was a position that was interpreted as trump saying he's not going to take any actions against the assad regime. now we know trump is willing to use military force.
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the truth is, it is not a binary choice. there are dozens of options in between regime change and action that the u.s. kanpcan pkanpur s. >> doug, has a member of the republican party, a republican, would you like to see the president taking more action from syria from a military standpoint? >> well, i am pleased of what happened so far. i was working for eric cantor in 2013 and the white house in september came to us. and what turned out is they offered that support publicly and the obama white house not only walked away from the vote but did not tell us about it. i found about it in the media.
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not a lot of trusts between congress and the trump administration and the democratic side. it will be smart for trump to work together and members of both parties as he tries to move forward on this. >> dean, your response? >> well, publicly hreported now. they're against president obama doing any kinds of weapon strike against syria and now praising it. >> i think what is lost is the people of syria. i am muslim. this is been an issue in my community when it is not covered in mainstream media. i raise money for refugees personally and i have been involved in organizations. there is a poster in my room drawn by a syrian orphan whose parents were killed by bashar al-assad. >> this strike is a good step. this is about him. to be honest, in the syrian community, i have a lot of
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contacts there are happy. >> they don't forget about the fact that i can tell a syrian child to their face that you cannot come to our country and banning refugees and saying they are trojan horse and plotting to come to america to kill americans. i don't believe him. if he does more, i will applaud donald trump and i don't think it is possible but i would for the syrian children. >> i want to play that clip that dean just mentioned. this one on the campaign trail early last year. listen to what the president and candidate trump said when he was asked specifically of syrian refugees at that time. >> i know what your general policies are towards refugees, i am wondering if you could be able to look at the children in the face and telling them they are not allowed to go to school here. >> how long have they been here? >> some of them are not here yet. >> i can look at their face and
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say you cannot come >> look, we have a country. i will look at him in the face. >> so doug, should the same rational be used that he apply to this particular case seeing this children dying. should that be applied to syrian refugee crisis? >> in circumstances, it should. i like to see more syrian refugees coming. it is a big problem not just syria but surrounding countries of an influx of turkey and refugees come. i want to see us compassionate with them. we have to sort out what the larger trump policy is and that we don't know yet. do you believe that the president should reverse his travel ban stance? >> i would like to see that reversed, absolutely. we can put a temporary pause on things and try to sort out what the best policies are moving for ward but a blanket ban is not
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effective. >> thank you for your time. straight ahead, syrian army responding, calling a america, "partner of isis." you are live in the "cnn newsroom." ♪ thrivent mutual funds. managed by humans, not robots. before investing, carefully read and consider fund objectives, risks, charges and expenses in the prospectus at thriventfunds.com. guests can earn a how cafree night when theypring book direct on choicehotels.com and stay with us just two times? spring time. badda book. badda boom. or... badda bloom. seriously? book now at choicehotels.com
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we have new development out of sweden where a deadly attack yesterday could have been worst. a bag of undetonated explosives was found in the truck. police are trying to determine if it is a bomb or flammable devices of some sort. the attack killed 14 people and injured many others. >> the man is known to intelligence services. the suspect is suffering from burns from the faulty explosive. a new development this week.
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the town that was hit by chemical weapons earlier in the week had been hit by new air strikes today. it is unclear who's behind the new attacks and we can tell you that russians and regime aircraft are the ones that's bombing the area. >> the military base that was hit by u.s. strikes thursday night. the syrian government is calling into the united states a friend of isis. cnn contributor, coauthor of the book -- >> what do you see as an impact that u.s. strikes had on syrian's government, first of all. >> it sends a symbolic message to assad but a narrowly defined one. do not use syrian gas ever
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again. beyond that, when assad comes out and say americans are behind isis. day one, march, 2011, peaceful protesters kids on the streets, all al-qaida. this goes back to the beginning of the crisis. a sad assad's government and russia's government, enormous level of material manpower resources have gone into bombing non isis and rebel groups and civilians. the fight for the regime and russia had never been with isis. they woucould have a point. instead of bombing, the site of the syrian gas attack, they went and bomb homs or raqqa.
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they did not do that? >> we are unbout. you are the great super power cannot dissuade us from carrying this campaign of disterminatist nation. >> let me bring you this letter of the president's explanation of being able to do what he did and ordered those strikes without going to congress. he talked about the goals of what those strikes were. >> i directed the action to degrade the military's ability to persuade syrian regime from using or proliferating chemical weapons promoting the region and worsening the region's catastrophe. >> that last part, is that what's happening as a result of those strikes?
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>> between 15 and 20 attack jets are taken out by this air strike. the regime has got about 225 fighter jets. those are 15 to 20 jets that can no longer drop bombs on civilians. >> that did some small goods for changing the power of this country. listen to the president's words carefully, it is about the chemical weapons. it is not about detouring russia or into aleppo and other parts of the country to bomb also in my cases ta groups that until recently have been backed by the united states and armed by the united states to try to push assad back and trying to bring him back to the negotiating table be detouring his regime by the battlefield. the question that i have, i hope the president and his council taken seriously. i have been down this road before where rebels and opposition group, they get this burst of energy and expectations that america finally gone all in
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behind his revolution. i am not seeing any indication or rhetoric coming out. my fear is that these rebels will start writing checks expecting america comes -- all of this hassan as you are seeing now, naming restaurants after donald trump referring to the president as abu-ivanka of a sign of respect and admiration, that's going to go to dust, and the rebels are going to go through another cycle. >> we are talking about rebels and not isis. we have the rebels who are fighting that government. we have some of them fighting isis and other terror group in that region. now, when it comes to the battle against isis and terror in the region which is been what the u.s. had been wagering for so long now is the strike that we saw by the u.s. this week, a game changer in the war on terror in any way? >> not at all.
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>> isis had been driven out large quadrant of northern syria. if you want to go back in time of 2013 of the rebels that i am talking about that pushed them out of aleppo. >> so they're thinking the tension is off them? >> no, what isis had been selling is the united states is -- back from iran and shea in the middle east. this delivers a hammer blow to their narratives. jihadists did not welcome air strikes. they want to be able to say you see americthe americans abandon completely. other groups took an enthusiastic line on this. this is great, this is what we have uls waalways wanted. i am hoping that some realism is going to dawn on them. it was kind of a finessing of
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the situation and even under obama and back certain rebel groups was about bringing assad on the table to get him to relinquish power and that did not happen. >> it is complicated. thank you michael white joining us for providing that expertise. >> in november, you may have remembered the return of mosul. the group was under seized for 28 hours. now, two months later, they returned to the scene that tracked down the soldiers and families that they met in horrifying hours and finding out of the continuing threat, that's posed by isis. they're also to witness the ongoing humanity that's thriving in mosul. here is the preview. >> in the middle of all the chaos, you see this small act of kindness, like a man who brings tea to the soldier or another
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soldier who pushes a family back in to their home kissing the baby. and then it just gets so much worse than what we could have imagined. grenade lands in the street and small pieces of shrapnel flies into his eye. >> the attack feels as if it is coming from all direction. the front vehicle explodes in this massive ball of flames and war trap. vehicles take a direct hit.
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>> do not miss cnn's special report "return to mosul" tomorrow at 9:00 p.m. eastern, we'll be back in a moment, only here on cnn. what do you get when you combine an h&r block tax pro,
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president trump gave the order to launch a strike in syria. it happened back in 2013 of more than a thousand people died. this survivor talked to cnn about this sensation of fire in his lungs and about losing
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conscientiousness consciousness. he pleaded to president trump to do something. this was his response. >> i woke up and i saw a lot of texts on my phone. i saw the news. i cried out of joy. i thank god -- i don't know. i was overwhelmed. we have been asking for protection, we have been asking for consequences for more than six years. and, today for the first time it happened for the very first time we see assad held accountable just for once. held accountable for his crimes against humanity. i was overwhelmed. i felt grateful for president trump, i feel grateful for the united states, i feel grateful for each and every person who
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lob lobbied and kept on talking until someone actually listens. i didn't see each and every person who was demonstrating after the travel ban. i did not see you three days ago when people were gassed to death, i did not see you in 2013 when 1400 people were gassed to death. i did not see you raising your voice against president obama in action in syria. what lead us refugees and getting kicked out of syria. >> if you really cared about helping us, help us stay in the country. we want to stay in our country. we want to stay in our country with all due respect. this is hypocrisy. if you really care, help us stay in our country. we don't want to become refugees. we want to stay in our country.
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help us establish our safe zone. mr. trump, what you did was amazing and powerful message of hope for a lot of people inside and outside of syria. please, don't stop on this. please. help us, help syrians stay in our country. please take out air forces so they won't be able to commit more atrocity using traditional weapons. 500,000 people were killed with traditional weapons just so people can no what we have suffered in the past six years. >> again, a man who knows this story has felt the effect of chemical weapons. still ahead at this hour, is a west wing shake up on the horizon? reince priebus may soon be replaced as the white house chief of staff. you are live in the "cnn
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stories about palace intrigue have haunted the trump team recently. this picture taken this year at trump's mar-a-lago resort. of interest is who's in the room and where they're sitting. trump's commerce secretary is there. treasury secretary is there. jared kushner. adviser steve bannon isn't at the table but in the room at the back table. earlier this week he was removed from the national security council.
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let's discuss more about the dynamics within the trump white house. let's take another look at that picture, michael. when you look at it, do you see anything surprising about who's in the room, where everybody's sitting? >> he has executives drawn close. obviously, mr. bannon seated off of his shoulder. if we read something into it, the cabinet matters, jared kushner matters, steve bannon not so much. >> that's what you see? >> i do. i think this is consistent of the trump i'm aware of. >> how so? >> he's someone who values operation, he's the message guy. when you think about steve bannon he's also a message guy. he came from the press breitb t breitbart.com. and his work previously in hollywood. i don't think he's as value to
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believe the president as these seasoned decisionmaker and talking about syria, he has those financial minds in there. how can they help them. >> he's thinking decisionmaking and leadership. from trump's perspective, leadership qualities transfer, he's not about as much of the expertise of foreign affairs but how is this going to work for me. he's sending a signal he's not yet committed to a policy and again, that might be -- i want to make the right decision in this moment and a week from now i'll have to make a different decision. everybody should remember this is his natural way. we don't know where this policy is headed. we only know he's concerned about decisionmaking process and that's why he's got those ceos around him. >> the unknown about what happens next.
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is not comforting watching those playing out in real time. we have seen president trump give his son-in-law jared kushner more responsibility. one guy dealing with foreign policy, he went to iraq, he met with some of the commanders there, brokering middle east peace in israel and the palestines and he has been tasked with doing development on the business front. is he being stretched too thin. >> a lot is on his shoulders. we should consider that this these tasks may be shared by ivanka. this is a duo. this is not just a signal person operating. . when we used to think about the clintons, hillary and bill clinton almost talking as if they were co-presidents back in the '90s. this is a case where jared and ivanka have some very interesting discussions each
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evening thinking what's good for donald trump the president and what's good for the country. they might think these two young, inexperienced yes, but perhaps more sensitive and aware young people may guide the president well. >> family decisionmaking. let me ask one quick question about bannon, given that he's sort of the head of that movement a loft the trump supporters liked what his positions are when it comes to some of the promises the president made on immigration, on the wall at the border, those who do like the idea of a travel ban, if he goes what does that mean for the president among his base? >> if you consider those people the ones who elected him you're not seeing the picture clearly. he was elected by vast numbers of people who don't even know what alt-right means. they may have promoted and
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pushed him but the republican base is who turned out for donald trump and those folks see that this is a display of strength, divisiveness and i don't think they're going to react negatively to it. i think they're going to be happy the president did what he did. he may lose a fringe, senator rick santorum described them as that last night. i think he's right. this isn't the crowd that's going to get trump re-elected. we'll be right back. ♪
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